Pheidole lustrata

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Pheidole lustrata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. lustrata
Binomial name
Pheidole lustrata
Wilson, 2003

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Specimen Label

Occurs in leaf litter of mature wet montane forest (Longino 1997).


See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species


Southern highlands of Costa Rica (Longino 1997).

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Costa Rica (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • lustrata. Pheidole lustrata Wilson, 2003: 447, figs. (s.w.) COSTA RICA.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.


DIAGNOSIS A distinctive medium-sized member of the flavens group with long, dense pilosity and dark brown body contrasting with yellow tarsi, in both castes. Similar to Pheidole albipes, Pheidole alticola, Pheidole browni, Pheidole ebenina, Pheidole euryscopa, Pheidole hedlundorum, Pheidole monteverdensis, Pheidole palenquensis and Pheidole servilia, differing as follows.

Major: eyes set well forward on head; humerus in dorsal-oblique view subangulate; extensive foveolation of mesopleuron and propodeum.

Minor: occiput in full-face view narrow and eyes placed more forward.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.00, HL 1.04, SL 0.64, EL 0.14, PW 0.50. Paratype minor: HW 0.54, HL 0.56, SL 0.62, EL 0.12, PW 0.34.

COLOR Major and minor: body dark brown, tarsi dark yellow, other appendages light brown.

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Figure. FIGURE Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Type Material

COSTA RICA: 4 km south of San Vito, Puntarenas, 8°47'N 82°58'W, 1200 m, col. John T. Longino. Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad


L lustrata, purified, referring to the mostly dark, shiny body.